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London, England (CNN) -- Britain is expanding its security watch list and has suspended all direct flights to Yemen as part of a series of new counterterrorism measures, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Wednesday.
The watch list also will be used as the basis for two new lists, Brown said -- a no-fly list and a larger list of those subject to special measures, such as enhanced screening before they board a flight.
The measures are intended to strengthen British security, enhance counterterrorism work and maximize the security of air travel, Brown said.
He said the failed Christma
He said the failed Christmas Day attack on a flight bound for the United States, in which a Nigerian citizen allegedly tried to bring down the plane with explosives hidden in his underwear, highlighted the widened reach of the Yemen-based group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The group has claimed responsibility for that attack.